75th Annual Conference Sessions and Workshops
Friday, March 2 (Overview)

Early Bird Open Sessions

Early Morning Colloquies
Anne and Ramon Alonso Plenary Address
All-Day Course
All-Day Workshops
Morning Open Sessions
Morning Workshops
Lunch-Time Open Session
Afternoon Open Sessions (2:30-4:00 pm)
Afternoon Workshops (2:30-4:00 pm)
Afternoon Open Sessions (4:30-6:00 pm)

Afternoon Workshops (4:30-6:00 pm)

Group Foundation Dance Party


 Event Descriptions for Friday

Early Bird Open Sessions
7:15 8:15 A.M. 


Session 206: Contemporary Group Psychotherapy Research 
Cheri Marmarosh, PhD, Co-Chair
Rainer Weber, PhD, Co-Chair

•    Compassion-Focused Group Therapy: A Feasibility Trial- Cameron Alldredge, BS; Jennifer Jensen, MS; Hal Svien, BS
•    Development of a Group Leader Instrument Based upon Formal Change Theories and the Situational Leadership Model- First Results- Bernhard Strauss, PhD

Sessions also on Thursday (7:15-8:15 A.M.) and Saturday (7:45-8:45 A.M.)

Session 207: The Ethical and Clinical Dangers of Multiple Relationships at Group Training Institutes
Robert Pepper, LCSW, PhD, CGP, FAGPA

Session 208: Marketing for the Group Therapist: Building Your Social Media Empire (AGPA Leadership Track)
Marc Azoulay, MA, LPC, LAC, CGP

Session 209: DBT and Modern Group Analysis: An Integrative Lens
Claudia Arlo, MSW, LCSW-R, ICADC, CGP

Session 210: ADHD Treatment and the Role of Parent Groups
Ruth Geller, MD, MEd

Session 211: Navigating the Risky Business of Assessing Suicide in Therapy Groups
Joeleen Cooper-Bhatia, PhD
Erica Smith, MA


Early Morning Colloquies
7:15 8:15 A.M.

Colloquy 3: Developing the Whole Performer: A Group Therapy Model for Cultivating Expressiveness, Vulnerability, and Connection
Matthew Tomatz, MA, LPC, LAC, CGP

Colloquy 4: Neural Impacts of Group Psychotherapy: Improving Interpersonal Trust and Guiding Therapists about the Mechanisms of Treatment
Mary Newsome, PhD
Wright Williams, PhD, ABBP, CGP

Annual Anne and Ramon Alonso Presidential Plenary Address
8:30 – 9:45 A.M.


Barry Helfmann, PsyD, ABPP, CGP, DFAGPA

This presidential address will cover three main reasons why we connect to AGPA: 1) the benefits to us as practitioners, 2) its importance in healthcare, and 3) its importance to our patients. This presentation will highlight how group therapy is essential to the national healthcare scene including the economic benefits of prevention rather than reaction. It will explore in depth how our connections to one another through AGPA tremendously benefits our practice and our patients.

Dr. Barry Helfmann is currently Managing Partner of Short Hills Associates in Clinical Psychology, a group practice. He is formerly Director of Professional Affairs of the New Jersey Psychological Association, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and Consultant to Private Practices. He has been awarded Psychologist of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA). He is past president of NJPA and the New Jersey Group Psychotherapy Society. He teaches and writes about Professional Practice and Healthcare Trends.

Two-Day Course
10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. & 2:30 – 5:00 P.M.

(Registration will only be accepted for both days.)

C1. The Warp and the Woof: How Race Roles Influence the Tapestry of our World (Day 2)
Phillip Horner, LCSW, CGP
Rudy Lucas, LCSW, CASAC, SAP
Christine Schmidt, MSW, CGP
Marcée Turner, PhD

All-Day Course
10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. & 2:30 – 5:00 P.M.

(Registration will only be accepted for both the morning and afternoon sessions.)

C3. Principles of Group Psychotherapy (Part 2)
Joshua Gross, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA
Misha Bogomaz, PsyD, CGP
Jennifer Alonso, PhD
Tevya Zukor, PhD, CGP

When combined with Part 1 (teleconference series), this course will meet the 12-hour didactic requirement for CGP certification and is designed to provide a basic understanding of the theory, principles and application of group work. Please note: Part 1 is a pre-requisite for course attendance.



All-Day Workshops
10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. & 2:30 – 5:00 P.M.

(Registration will only be accepted for both the morning and afternoon sessions.)

Workshop 37a: Integrating CBT and Experiential Interventions: A New Short Term Group Model
Thomas Treadwell, EdD, TEP, CGP
Deborah Dartnell, MSOD, MA
Ainsley Stenroos, BA

Workshop 38a: Enhancing Empathy and Attachment in Process Groups Using Mindfulness and Psychodramatic Techniques
Sue Barnum, MA, TEP, CGP
Jana Rosenbaum, LCSW, CGP

Master Workshop 39a: Aging in: Is this the Beginning of the End or the End of the Beginning?
Jeffrey Kleinberg, PhD, MPH, CGP, DFAGPA

Workshop 40a: Leadership Development: Transferring Group Therapy Skills to Corporate Culture
Rick Tivers, LCSW, CGP

Morning Open Sessions
10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Session 307: Stumbling into Leadership: The Perils and Privileges...(AGPA Leadership Track)
Farooq Mohyuddin, MD, CGP, Chair
Maryetta Andrews-Sachs, MA, LICSW, CGP, FAGPA
Cheryl Kalter, PhD, CGP

Session 308: Forming and Maintaining the Modern Analytic Practitioner
Elliot Zeisel, PhD, LCSW, CGP, DFAGPA, Chair
Laura Ebady, PsyD, CGP
Jordan Price, LCSW, MSW, MAG, CGP
Phyllis Rifkin-Russell, LCSW, MS, LMHC, CGP

Session 309: Treating Fragmented Relationships through Group Therapy with Individuals and Couples
Judith Cochè, PhD, ABPP, CGP, LFAGPA, Chair
Yvonne Champion, LCSW, CGP
Juliette Galbraith, MD, CGP
Albert Neeleman, PsyD

Session 310: Millenials, Gen Xers, and Boomers in Group: Who Gets Voted Off the Island?
Social Justice Symbol

Christine Henry, PhD, Chair
Jason Boothe, PhD
Charles Crocker, MEd
Niloofar Tavakoli, MA

Morning Workshops
10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Workshop 41: Theories of Change for the Newly Evolving Group Therapist via Narcissistic Injury and the Use of Countertransference
Cindy Aron, MSW, CGP, FAGPA
Sydney Harvey, DO

Workshop 42: Unmasking Race and Culture in Group: Knocking at the Boundaries
Social Justice Symbol

M. Sophia Aguirre, PhD, CGP
Michelle Ribeiro, EdD, CGP
Emi Sumida, PhD

Workshop 43: Using Group to Heal Cognitions, Emotions, and Behaviors about (Real!) Money Issues
Michelle Davenport, LMFT, CGP
Richard Kahler, MSFP, ChFC

Workshop 44: Visible and Invisible Identities in Group
Social Justice Symbol

Eri Suzuki Bentley, PhD, CGP
Leann Terry Diederich, PhD

Workshop 45: Therapists Courageously Confronting Their Own Mortality with their Patients
Debora Carmichael, PhD, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 46: Using Rough and Tumble Play in the Adult Group
Andrew Eig, PhD, ABPP

Master Workshop 47: From Psychodynamic Understanding to Existential Understanding
Christen Cummins, LCSW, MSW
David Hayes, PhD

Workshop 48: Us versus Them: Group Exploration through Creative Arts
Social Justice Symbol

Annie Cree, MA
Mona Rakhawy, MD

Workshop 49: DBT Skills Training Groups: Blending the Methodology with Storytelling, Spontaneity, and Group Process
Elizabeth Olson, PsyD, LCSW

Workshop 50: Psychodrama: The Magic of Growth and Change
Shelley Korshak, MD, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 51: Together Through Song: The Power of Communal Singing to Create Connection and Elevate Mood
Geraldine Alpert, PhD, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 52: Group Treatment of the Spectrum of Trauma: Disasters to Daily Events
Bonnie Buchele, PhD, ABPP, CGP, DFAGPA

Workshop 53: Filial Therapy Treatment of Children through their Parents in Groups
Michael Andronico, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 54: Riding the Third Wave: Practical Utilization of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Metaphors and Mindfulness in Group Therapy with Compulsive Clients
Michael Buxton, PhD
Kristina Hansen, PhD, CGP
Derek Griner, PhD, ABPP, CGP

Workshop 55: How the Group Coordinator Can Foster Group Culture and Innovation in College Counseling Centers and Other Staff Model Clinic Settings
James Bleiberg, PsyD, CGP
Joeleen Cooper-Bhatia, PhD
Niki Keating, PhD
Noelle Lefforge, PhD
Leslie Veach, MS, NCC, LPCS

Lunch-Time Open Session
1:00 – 2:15 P.M.

LG-2: The Large Group
Consultants are faculty members of the National Group Psychotherapy Institute of the Washington School of Psychiatry.

Active Consultants: 
Mary Dluhy, MSW, CGP, FAGPA

Ayana Watkins-Northern, PhD
Leon Paparella, MSW, CGP
Robert Schulte, MSW, CGP, FAGPA
Observer Consultants:
Kavita Avula, PsyD
Reginald Nettles, PhD, CGP

Also offered on Thursday (1:00-2:15 P.M.) and Saturday, (2:00-4:30 P.M.).
Participants should try to attend all sessions.

Afternoon Open Sessions
2:30 – 4:00 P.M.

Session 212-5: Manifestation of Bias and Microagressions in Group Psychotherapy
Social Justice Symbol

Stephanie McLaughlin, PhD, Chair
Melissa Goates-Jones, PhD
Noelle Lefforge, PhD, MHA, CGP
Claudia Mejia, PsyD

Session 213-5: Training Residents in Affective Attunement and Emotional Process: Four Group Models
Pamela Menter, MA, ATR, Chair
Chap Attwell, MD, CGP
Darryl Pure, PhD, CGP, FAGPA

William Watson, PhD, CGP, FAPA

Session 214-5:  Don't Miss the Moment: Putting Process into the Manualized Treatments of CBT, DBT, and ACT with Eating Disorders
Susan Mengden, PhD, CGP, Chair
DeLinda Spain, MSW, CGP

Session 215-5:  Expanding the Child/Adolescent Group Leader's Toolbox (Session 1)-- Current Group Approaches in Dealing with Issues of Sexuality and Loss in Groups with Youth
Seth Aronson, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA, Co-Chair
Craig Haen, PhD, LCAT, CGP, FAGPA, Co-Chair
Eric Peterson, LMSW
Maureen Underwood, LCSW, CGP


Afternoon Workshops
2:30 – 4:00 P.M.

Workshop 56-5: From the Heart of the Dream to the Heart of the Group: An Introduction to Natural Dreamwork
W. Keren Vishny, MD, MA

Workshop 57-5: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Group-as-a-Whole
Lawrence Malcus, PhD, ABPP, FAGPA

Workshop 58-5: Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk in Group Therapy: Ethical and Clinical Considerations
Erica Lennon, PsyD
Rebecca MacNair-Semands, PhD, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 59-5: Group as Microclimate: The Psychodynamics of Climate Change and the Possibility of Group Process as Intervention
Benjamin White, LCSW, CGP

Workshop 60-5: Relationships in Films and in our Groups
Sid Siahpush, MD, CGP

Workshop 61-5: Harnessing the Conversation: Understanding Systems-Centered's Functional Subgrouping as a Communications Pattern
Michelle Lynskey, PhD
Alida Zweidler-McKay, MBA

Workshop 62-5: The Sound and Color of Silence: A Glance to Silence in Group as a Communication Tool and a Form of Self Exploration
Danielle Bassis, MA

Workshop 63-5: Sex, Drugs, and Social Media: Ethically Informed Group Therapy Practice with Adolescents (Part 1)

Thomas Hurster, MSS, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA
Attendees must attend Workshop 73-5.

Workshop 64-5: Transgender Identities and Clinical Practice: Updating and Experiencing Clinical Care Models
Social Justice Symbol

Li Brookens, LCSW
This is a pre-requisite for Workshop 74-5.

Workshop 65-5: Queering Time and Space: Beyond the Binary of Gender and Sexual Orientation in Group Psychotherapy
Social Justice Symbol

Carole Clements, MFA, MA

Afternoon Open Sessions
4:30 – 6:00 P.M.
Session 216-5: Marginalization: How the Group Experience Can Further Harm Non-Dominant Participants
Social Justice Symbol
Penelope Asay, PhD, Chair
Mary Clarke, PhD
Torrey Wilson, PhD

Session 217-5: Core Integrated CBT Skills for Adult ADHD Groups
Greg Crosby, MA, LPC, CGP, FAGPA, Chair

Session 218-5: Expanding the Child/Adolescent Group Leader's Toolbox (Session 2)-- Contemporary Approaches to the Difficult to Reach Child: Autism and Anger Issues
Seth Aronson, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA, Co-Chair
Craig Haen, PhD, LCAT, CGP, FAGPA, Co-Chair
Kevin Hull, PhD
Qsheqilla Mitchell, PhD, MPH

Afternoon Workshops
4:30 – 6:00 P.M.

Workshop 66-5: Induction or ESP?: Cultivating Intuitive Resources in Group
Michelle Bohls, MA, CGP
William Watson, PhD, CGP, FAPA

Workshop 67-5: Putting the INTENSIVE Back in Intensive Outpatient Group Programs
Valorie George, MSW, LCSW
Elyssa Fink Gottheim, MSW, LCSW
Kacie Liput, MSW, LCSW
Jennifer Markey, PhD, MEd

Workshop 68-5: Mirror, Mirror on the Screen: The Image Reflected Back to Us Online (iSIG Meeting with Coffee)
Jason Berman, PhD, CGP
Robert Hsiung, MD

Workshop 69-5: The Use of Miniatures to Enhance the Group Psychotherapy Experience
Andrea Grunblatt, PhD, RPT-S, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 70-5: Healing through Integration: Exploring How Functional Subgrouping Changes the Story
Dayna Burnett, PhD
Susan Lange, PhD

Workshop 71-5: To Use or Not to Use? Being Vulnerable with Substance Use: Running Integrative Harm-Reduction Psychotherapy Groups
Adam Frankel, PhD, CGP

Workshop 72-5: Child Group Therapy: What Can We Learn From Its Infancy?
Aaron Fink, MD, CGP

Workshop 73-5: Sex, Drugs, and Social Media: Ethically Informed Group Therapy Practice with Adolescents (Part 2)
Thomas Hurster, MSS, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA

Attendees must attend Workshop 63-5.

Workshop 74-5: Queering Group Therapy: Beyond Homonormative Clinical Care Models
Social Justice Symbol

Grace Ballard, MA
Sorin Thomas, MA, LPC, LAC
Workshop 64-5 is a prerequisite.

Memorial Session
6:15-7:30 P.M.

A time to commemorate members of the AGPA family we have lost this past year.

Group Foundation Dance Party
9:00 P.M.

Featuring: The Grooves

Join us for a night of music and entertainment with The Grooves. This spectacular Austin band is one of the best show and dance bands you will find. The Grooves have an amazing combination of different genres of music and will cover the gamut of all hit favorites, old and new. This band always plays the right songs at the right time at the right volume and is known as a heavyweight in the dance band category in Austin and across Texas. The Grooves will play from 9:00 PM – 12:30 AM followed by an After Party with a DJ from 12:30 – 2:00 AM.

This event is included with the five-day Institute and Conference package or the three-day Conference registration.

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